STORIES: Jessica’s Story

I didn’t officially come out until I was in my early twenties. I was afraid of what my parents might say. While my mother showed support for gay men and lesbians, she wholeheartedly disagreed with marriage for same-sex couples.

In 2005, during a news broadcast on the issue, she discussed how important the sanctity of marriage was and her opinion hurt me. She had become friends with a lesbian couple down the street, and she was struggling reconciling her values. This was the beginning of her transformation.

My mother slowly became an ally, and I came out to her a few years later. When Iowa extended the freedom to marry, my mother celebrated this victory with the LGBT community. My mother is a wonderful ally and shares her support openly, both in the community at large and within her faith community.


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